When you’re an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch owner, every day is Cyber Monday! (Except for Tuesday. Or Wednesday. Or Thursday. Or Friday. Or Saturday. Or Sunday.) Listen, the point is that there are always deals to be found, and you’re always shopping online. But this Cyber Monday is special, because there are some great deals for apps and accessories. Head inside to see what deals are worth wasting your precious work hours for.
Black Friday has come and gone, Saturday and Sunday haven’t yet been claimed by the marketing machine, but then it’s time for Cyborg Monday! I mean Cyber Monday! Cyborg Monday actually sounds pretty cool, especially if you’re a Janelle Monáe fan like me, but we’ll stay on topic and focus on all of the Black Friday deals for the Macintosh that have carried over through December 2nd, and highlight some new ones, too.
This review is largely about my wife and her iPhone. Having spent her every winter in Ohio, she doesn’t mind being out in the cold, provided she’s dressed to handle it. Her latest gloves of choice, in this regard, are the Moshi Digits touchscreen gloves. They keep her hands fairly warm, but more importantly, they allow her to use her iPhone without exposing her fingers to the cold.
Black Friday is upon us, and the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch app and accessory deals have built up like you wouldn’t believe. We’ve got apps on sale and we’ve got apps for free, we’ve got some excellent discounts on all kinds of accessories, and iPhone 4/4s owners can get themselves a StealthArmor skin for free! Head in now for the details, as this’ll be our last update until we see what carries over to Cyber Monday.
Seems Black Friday this year should be called Black Friday and a Good Portion of Thursday. I’ll let you all argue about shopping/family time on your own shopping/family time, because I’m here just to let you know what deals are out there on the online. Plenty of software and hardware developers are discounting their wares, and we’ve rounded them all up right here for you until the madness subsides.
If you’ve been holding out on your Black Friday shopping to see what Apple has in store, you were wrong to do so; Apple’s specials are never as good as those from the big box retailers. You do get the benefit of shopping online for some items other retailers aren’t offering online, such as the iPad mini with Retina display…except Apple isn’t offering a discount on the iPad mini with Retina display. So never mind.
I don’t think there’s a war on Thanksgiving. I know some people like to say there is now, but that’s crazy talk. People have been bemoaning the war on Christmas for decades, and if there’s one thing we’ve learned from playing Risk all our lives, it’s that it’s futile to launch a two front war, be it in Europe or in the holidays. So, yes, I went to a store on Thanksgiving Day. It’s partially Apple’s fault, as of course I have to get the kids the latest and greatest, and I know it’s going to be in short supply.
Back in June, I told you about a wonder iOS game I demoed at E3 2013 called Icycle: On Thin Ice. It’s been a while, but I’m happy to let you know your chance to play it has finally arrived. Chillingo has announced the launch of Damp Gnat’s highly anticipated Icycle: On Thin Ice on the App Store, and trust me, this one is worth the wait.
You know, this actually makes perfect sense to me. I’m a guy who enjoys quality in my audio products: good sound, solid craftsmanship. The ladies in my life (specifically, my wife and daughter) like things that are pretty and/or purple. If a speaker system doesn’t look good sitting on the bookshelf, then it’ll be sitting in a box. If you’re in the same situation, the new Acoustic Research AR for Her line means you won’t have to sacrifice audio for fashion.
You know, I agree. I, too, am tired of headlines that somehow incorporate the terminology of the announcement in a clever-clever way. I’ll do better next time. But! That shouldn’t detract from the announcement that Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed Pirates will be available for “high end” smartphones and tablets on December 5th. The game features “… brutal naval combat, Caribbean exploration and an epic quest for legendary treasure.”
Here are five iOS games I’ve played in the last year that would make really good gifts. Because of the free-or-nothing App Store mentality, some of the more “expensive” $1.99 and up games get ignored by iPhone and iPad gamers. This is your chance to make it clear to them that you usually get you pay for. And because any friend of yours is a friend of mine, none of these games require in-app purchases at all.
If you’re an iPhone or iPod touch gamer, this holiday season is going to be a fun one for you. Earlier today, we let you know about one of the first iOS 7 gaming controllers to be released. Here’s another. The Logitech PowerShell Controller + Battery provides console-style game controls for increased play-time on your iPhone 5s, iPhone 5, or iPod touch (5th generation) running iOS 7.